Cookies meets brownie in this EPIC fusion of two of the most classic desserts. Macro-friendly, high in protein, low in fat, and doesn’t hurt that it’s the easiest thing ever to make!
This is another one of those recipes where quite frankly I can’t believe it took me this long to make. I mean for as often as I have my Chocolate Chip Protein Skillet Cookie for dessert…. as much as I love both brownies and cookies…
But hey, at least the idea finally came! Still amazed how adding one ingredient totally transformed this cookie into a whole new recipe. Still the same soft and gooey chocolate chip cookie we love – but this time with a rich double chocolate sidekick. Just when we thought the chocolate chip cookie couldn’t get any better!
What is Black Cocoa?
This is one of the most common questions I get – what is black cocoa? Can’t I just use normal cocoa powder?
Black cocoa is cocoa powder that has been heavily Dutched. If you’ve ever had an Oreo cookie, the outer cookies are a good example of black cocoa. This form of cocoa has very different absorbant properties than normal cocoa and results in a more dense, moister texture when baked. For this reason, I don’t recommend subbing. If you don’t have any, and you must, this recipe will still turn out. But I do just want to point out that there is a huge difference between the two and it is the BLACK cocoa that really elevates this dessert.
Where Can I Find Black Cocoa?
It can hard to find in stores so I just order online now. To be honest, I used to find this frustrating, but now I like to go to the grocery stores has few times as absolute possible – so anything that I can get shipped to me that I don’t have to worry about remembering at the store or bagging and putting away, I am about.
HIIT Nutrition Jet Black Cocoa is the black cocoa I use and recommend. I like how it has a higher protein content than others on the market. $6.99/bag and worth every penny. Not to mention, a bag lasts me forever!
What About the Protein Powder?
For the protein powder, I used Pescience Cake Pop because it has been my favorite in all my cookie skillets I have thus far! It brings a slight “yellow cake mix” flavor to it, which I LOVE, and is even better when I substitute the vanilla extract for butter extract too!
If you been here long enough, you know I always recommend Pescience protein for baking. It brings the best flavor and consistency of any protein i’ve tried! I can’t vouch for other protein brands, but if you do need to substitute, I would definitely use a similar whey + casein blend.
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As always, if you try, tag me on Instagram (@LaurenFitFoodie) because I love seeing your yummy recreations!